Lewis and Clark Public Health tracking two highly contagious diseases in county

Susan Clark public health is now tracking two highly contagious diseases that have shown up in the community today health experts say there have been more than a half dozen cases of whooping cough in the county and that norovirus outbreak that started last week continues to spread norovirus is a highly contagious disease that is easily spread through direct contact from person to person symptoms include vomiting stomach pain body aches and fever there have been 17 lab confirmed cases of norovirus in the last several weeks and 46 people reporting symptoms st. Peter’s Health has restricted visitors because of norovirus according to the Centers for Disease Control proper hygiene is the best way to protect yourself and your family that includes regularly washing your hands and avoiding preparing food while you are sick and for at least two days after symptoms have ended the biggest issue in addressing norovirus is making sure that we do everything we can to contain it it’s a very contagious virus and it just takes stay at home when you’re sick and washing your hands to keep that disease from spreading all over the community public health officials say there are seven confirmed cases of whooping cough now in Lewis and Clark County whooping cough is also known as pertussis it is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a type of bacteria its primary symptoms include an uncontrollable violent cough and it can be very serious even deadly in infants and babies less than a year old health experts say vaccines offer the best protection against pertussis Missoula area health officials say they now have 57 cases of whooping cough in six of their area schools

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